Frequently asked questions
The following are a few frequently asked questions about the Cradle Mountain Huts Overland Track Walk that you may find useful.
- How often do trips depart?
Our 6-day trips depart daily from 1 October through to 1 May each season, and our 4-day trips depart on selected dates during the same period.
- Walk accommodation
Our groups have exclusive use of the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track. Each hut has been discreetly located off the main trail and offers hot showers, a drying room and a dining and lounge area. The huts have 6 twin rooms with comfortable beds.
- How many guests will be on my trip?
Each trip requires a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 guests. All accommodation is twin share.
If you book on as a single walker or in an odd-numbered group and the trip fills to capacity, you will share a room with another walker.
- How fit do I need to be?
As long as you exercise regularly, are capable of walking an average of 10 km for six consecutive days, and are comfortable with varied terrain, you’ll be fine!
There are obviously steep sections, however this is part of the whole experience. Each day, there is plenty of time to sit and rest as well as explore, so you won’t feel rushed.
If you are interested in doing more of the side trips (such as Mt Ossa), you may want to partake in extra training to accommodate the additional challenge.
If you are joining an 'Adventure' departure, a higher level of fitness is required, as there will be additional mountain climbs and side trips on most days.
If you have any concerns about fitness, please call 03 6392 2211 and speak with one of our friendly Reservations staff members. We are more than happy to discuss additional information about what you can expect.
- How much weight do we carry?
On the morning of your departure, the guides will carry out a thorough gear check to ensure you have suitable gear and help you reduce pack weight.
If you adhere to our gear list (see below), your pack will likely weigh between 8.5 and 9.5 kg. With special attention to reducing pack weight, your pack and its contents can weigh as little as 7.5 kg.
The pack and Gore-tex jacket that we provide have a combined weight of 2.5 kg, leaving 5- 7 kg for your personal items.
- What do we carry?
Each person must carry their lunch, wet weather gear, spare clothes for the hut, thermals, and warm clothing, plus any extras, such as a camera. For detail please refer to the gear list.
- What style of boots should we have?
You will need lace-up hiking boots that cover the ankle and have sturdy, treaded soles (full-grain leather or Gore-tex with Vibram soles recommended.
We cannot over-emphasise the importance of appropriate footwear. Lower-profile hiking shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, approach shoes, sand shoes, elasticised boots and similar are not acceptable. Boots must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. The Overland Track is quite unique in the nature of its terrain. You will be unable to commence the walk without the appropriate footwear, so please feel free to contact us for more details. We are more than happy to discuss footwear with you.
- Do we need travel insurance?
- How many guides are there?
Our guides are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, educated interpreters and fantastic cooks all rolled into one. Two (2) knowledgeable guides accompany each trip. This allows plenty of time for interpretation at interesting points along the track, photo opportunities, rest breaks and walking at your own pace.
- How about food?
The guides prepare scrumptious three-course meals each night. We are quite happy to cater for special dietary requirements. We just need to know in advance.
For example, here is the dinner menu served at Kia Ora Hut on Day 4:
On arrival at hut:
Forest mushroom and pea risotto with parmesan
- What time does the trip commence and conclude?
At the start of your walk we ask that you be at our walker’s base at Quamby Estate at 7.15am for a 7.20am briefing. This allows forty minutes for introductions and a gear check before departing for the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park at 8.00am.
For those staying in Launceston CBD, we offer a complimentary shuttle service from The Sebel Launceston (12/14 St John Street, Launceston). You will need to be ready in front of reception at 6.40am for a 6.45am departure.
For those staying at Entally Lodge our shuttle will pick you up in front of reception at 7.00am. If you require the shuttle from either of these locations please ensure you let our reservation team know so we can ensure the shuttle is provided. You can email email@example.com.
Your walk will conclude at Quamby Estate at 6.00pm with airport drop offs at 6.30pm and Launceston drop offs at 7.00pm.
- What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?
Located near the small township of Hadspen and just a 10 minute drive from both Launceston’s CBD and our walking base at Quamby Estate making it the perfect accommodation prior to your walk. Entally Lodge has 20 newly renovated King Suites with Scandinavian inspired, modern décor with ensuite bathrooms. To see details of the special rate which includes cooked breakfast visit http://entally.com.au/taswalkingco and enter promo code TWC1819. If you are staying at Entally Lodge please contact our reservations team firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure our shuttle picks you up on the morning of your departure.Quamby Homestead
Set on the grounds of Quamby Estate (and just 200 metres from our walker’s base) Quamby Homestead is the perfect pre or post night of accommodation if you would like a little luxury. The homestead features ten restored guest rooms which feature antique furniture. Rooms are appointed with king, queen or twin bedding, marble or stone bathrooms and heated floors. To see details of the your special rate which includes cooked breakfast visit https://www.thebookingbutton.com.au/properties/quambydirect and enter promo code TWC1819Staying in Launceston?
Our shuttle will pick up from The Sebel Launceston at 6.45am sharp from in front of reception. Should you wish to use our shuttle please make your way to the Sebel by 6.40am so we can have an on time departure. Please advise our reservation team if you require the shuttle from The Sebel by emailing email@example.com.
- Are there age restrictions?
The minimum age for guests walking with us is 12 years old. There are no upper age restrictions, however, for guests walking with us who are 69 or above we do require a GP to sign off on a letter we provide.